2013-14 Swimming and Diving Preview
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Entering his 26th season as head coach of the Washington & Jefferson men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs, Mike Orstein is gearing his teams up for the start of yet another successful campaign.
The W&J women are searching for their 23rd consecutive winning dual-meet season. Since 1992, the women’s program has posted a 216-39 dual-meet record (.847) and has captured eight Presidents’ Athletic Conference championships. During that same period, the Presidents’ men have produced 159 dual-meet victories and won the 2000 PAC title.
On the men’s side, W&J returns 12 members from last year’s squad and welcomes five newcomers, in hopes of improving upon a third place PAC Championship finish. Two of the top returners are juniors Jake Meyers (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) and Mike Magdic (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), both of whom collected All-PAC second team honors a season ago.
Also coming back for the Presidents is sophomore Kevin Dunigan (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), who was a first team All-PAC selection as a freshman. Dunigan captured second place in the 400 individual medley and finished third in the 200 individual medley at the PAC Championships. Junior Ben Mancini (Oreland, Pa./Springfield Township), an All-PAC honorable mention, took home third in the 1650 freestyle.
Additionally, the Presidents will get a boost from 10 men’s water polo players once their season concludes Nov. 10 following the Southern Championships.
W&J, which took home fourth in the women’s conference championship a year ago, returns 13 swimmers and divers on the women’s side, and brings in 10 new talents. Defending PAC Diver of the Year Jennifer Suder (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) is back for her second season after she earned a spot on the All-PAC first team. Suder captured the 3-meter diving title and finished second in the 1-meter event at the conference championship.
Junior Jessica Sweitzer (Laurel, Md./Seton Keough) twice swiped PAC Swimmer of the Week honors last fall and claimed second team all-conference honors. Also picking up all-conference selections a year ago were junior Charlotte Lima (Brooklyn, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) and sophomore Jenny Matuszewski (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) as they each earned an honorable mention.
Washington & Jefferson begins the 2013-14 regular season this Saturday (Nov. 2) at 1:00 pm when it travels to Frostburg State.